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    Closed beta testing phase for fantasy/steampunk mash-up kicks off today

    Snail Games today announced the Closed Beta launch of its upcomingsteampunk / fantasy MMORPG,  Black Gold Online. Closed Beta testing for eligible players begins  today at 2 p.m. PDT and concludes on May 28.

    “Following our successful launch of  Age of Wushu  in 2013,  Black Gold Online arrives as an important next step for our emergence in the North American market,” said Jim Tsai, Vice President of Snail Games USA. “Our Closed Alpha period saw incredible player participation and useful feedback, which we’ve taken into consideration as the game continues progression. Closed Beta opens the floodgates even more for player eligibility, which means a more complete game experience for players to test and for our development team to evaluate as we look toward the game’s summer launch.”

    Black Gold Online combines the worlds of fantasy and neo-Victorian steampunk, with two factions caught in an epic struggle for supremacy. One side features the land of Erlandir, a realm of naturalist magic and mythical beasts. The other side features the land of Isenhorst, a mechanized society of expansive industry, which utilizesengineering and mechanized equipment to gain the advantage. Players enter the game as these two sides battleit out for control of a powerful, crystallized energy source known as  Black Gold.

    Closed Beta for  Black Gold Online gives players a major opportunity to explore the world of Montel, joining the fray for either faction in large-scale mounted battlegrounds, fast-paced PvP action, faction and guild battles andexperiencing multiple upgrades since the alpha.

    Closed Beta features for  Black Gold Online include:

    • Large-Scale Battlegrounds – Including over 100 customizable ‘Carriers’ (large battle mounts) to develop for each faction
    • True Hardcore PvP – Fight against opposing forces (as well as members of the same faction) across a variety of battlegrounds, arenas and hidden ‘Chambers of Greed’
    • Energy Well Battles – Join even larger struggles and form armies to fight for control of precious resources in large-scale faction and guild battles
    • Additional Upgrades – Revamped graphics, smoother textures, an updated User Interface and other mechanical changes

    Black Gold Online will be available via free download and a special retail version this summer exclusively for PC. Snail Games will be distributing  Black Gold Online access keys on a wide scale throughout the Closed Beta testing period.

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